Malmö is not always the first city people think about when they hear or plan to visit Scandinavia. Like me, most people decide to go to Malmö towards the end their Copenhagen trip. I didn’t know what to expect since I did little research about the city. I was surprised to see that the third largest city in Sweden and the 5th biggest city in Scandinavia has actually much more to offer than just a few hours.
I found Malmö to be a very pretty city. So here’s why I fell in love with the city and why I believe you will too.
What we did and saw:
Stortorget is the oldest public square while Lilla torg is more like it’s cute little sister. They are both located in the Old Town filled with lots of outdoor terraces, cafés, restaurants and interesting architecture. The two are very popular place to dine, socialise and people-watch. For a more charming feel, head over to Lilla torg and stroll on the cobblestone while admiring the historic buildings. I quite enjoyed the atmosphere.
Turning Torso is the highest building in Scandinavia designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. It’s about 20 minutes walk from the main train station however you can also take bus number 2. Sadly it is not possible to visit inside since it is a residential building yet the sight is original and very futuristic. To avoid the disappointment that I experienced when i visited, I would recommend going there in the afternoon as in the mornings the weather is very cloudy making it difficult to the top (I was there end of March).
Malmö is a lot cheaper than Copenhagen so why not do some shopping while there? The city has a fantastic selection of shops ranging from trendy clothing boutiques to Swedish home design accessories and souvenir shops. There are several shopping centres like Triangeln (S. Förstadsgatan 41) and Caroli (Östergatan 12).
Caroli looks nothing like a shopping centre from the outside, however after seeing some locals coming out with nice, mouth watering salads we decided to have a look. host design exhibitions as well.
What we ate:
Malmö has lots to offer in term of places to eat so after a long day, we decided to look for a nice restaurant with a terrace in Lilla torg. After deliberating on the restaurant to choose, we settled on Victors (Lilla torg 1). The service was good and the food was equally great although a little expensive. The salmon was very big in size compared to what you get in London.
I think it will be a shame to go to Sweden and not experience fika “to have coffee”. The coffee (or tea) is generally accompanied with pastries, cookies or pie. So for a little bit of sweetness, head over to Konditori Hollandia (Södra Förstadsgatan 8)
On our last day in Malmo, we had our take away lunch salads from Wallin Conditori. The salads were made in front of our eyes with lots of fresh ingredients. Price for 2 salads and drinks was SEK 158 for two (£14.45).
Where we stayed:
Staying at Radisson Blu Malmö hotel was great and luxurious with comfortable bedroom and amazing breakfast. The hotel was situated in the centre of the city, less than 10 minutes’ walk from Malmö Centrastation making it extremely simple to explore the surrounding areas. Part of the hotel includes one of the oldest timber-framed buildings in Malmö.
Malmö is a short 30 minute train journey from Copenhagen Airport, crossing Øresund Bridge (made famous by the TV series The Bridge) every 20 minutes. Transport in general is great in Malmö but since the city is walk-able, it is not necessary to hop on the bus. But if you decide to take the bus, please note that they are very slow but they all have Wifi on board. The day pass for two people is SEK50.00 (£4.59). You can download a travel app called Stadsbiljetten and pay directly via credit card.
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